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A Fat Quarter Quilt: Coffee House

We called this a fat quarter quilt because it uses exactly one fat quarter of fabric. The quilt is very simple to make, with no piecing required. At the same time it is charming and attractive. It features the designs Chocolate Lady by Alphonse Mucha and Cup of Coffee.

The finished size of the quilt is about 18" x 20" .

You can purchase this art quilt from our Etsy store!

You will need 1 fat quarter of coffee-themed cotton fabric, batting and fabric for backing and binding.

For embroidery, you will need white cotton fabric, light-weight cut-away stabilizer and embroidery threads.

For embellishment, you will need buttons, 1/4" wide ribbon, and fabric for small bags either in coffee colors or with a coffee-themed pattern (we used fabric featuring a coffee bean pattern).

You will also need Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 double-sided self-adhesive fusible net, or a similar product.


Stabilize the white fabric with light-weight cut-away stabilizer and embroider the designs Chocolate Lady by Alphonse Mucha and Cup of Coffee.
With a pair of sharp scissors, neatly cut out the embroidery.


Remove protective paper from one side of the Steam-A-Seam 2 sheet and place the stitch-outs on the sticky side. Cut away the excess Steam-A-Seam. Do not remove the protective paper from the other side.

On a working table, spread your fat quarter with the coffee-themed pattern.
Remove the protective paper from the back of the Steam-A-Seam. Position the stitch-outs on the fabric as shown. Press with a hot iron from the face of the fabric, then from the back of the fabric. The Steam-A-Seam will fuse and the embroidery will adhere to the fabric.


The small bags hold coffee beans to add aroma to your quilt. You can embroider the names of your favorite sorts on the bags.

Out of the coffee-themed fabric cut 5 strips measuring 4" x 9". Working with one strip at a time, fold the long sides of the strip 1/4" back and press. Topstitch in place.

Fold the short sides of the strip 1/4" back and press. Now fold the short sides 1/2" back and press. Topstitch in place close to the edge of the fabric. This will form a sleeve at each end of the strip that we will use for a draw string

Fold the strip in half, aligning the edges. Topstitch the sides closed, starting 1/2" below the sleeve for the drawstring.

Cut the ribbon into 10"-12" pieces. With the help of the safety pin, thread the ribbon through the drawstring sleeve

Quilting and Finishing:

Now place the backing/lining on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with batting. Spread your working piece over it.

Pin all three layers together with 1" pins. We quilted around the embroidery and all over the mat in a free-motion style. Remove the pins while quilting.

Press the work with heavy steam and square the work -- all corners should be 90 degrees and opposite sides should be of the same length.

Sew buttons to the quilt where you want to hang the bags. We sewed one button in the upper right corner and 4 buttons along the bottom.
Hang the bags with coffee beans from the buttons.


Happy Stitching!

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